Episode 19

Richard Koestner

Richard Koestner is one of the world's leading researcher in human motivation for 40 years and professor of Psychology at McGill University.

Richard Koestner is one of the world's leading researcher in human motivation for 40 years and professor of Psychology at McGill University. He leads the McGill Human Motivation Lab. Richard received his PhD from the University of Rochester where he worked with Ed Deci and Richard Ryan on research related to self-determination theory. He also worked with Miron Zuckerman on research related to personality. He subsequently completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University and Boston University where he worked with David McClelland on research related to implicit motives.
Richard has published over 125 scientific articles and his recent work focuses on the importance of autonomy in the effective pursuit of personal goals. Twenty of Richard's PhD students have successfully graduated with PhD's. Richard received the 2007 Canadian Psychological Association award for excellence in teaching and training. He subsequently won Principal's Prize for excellence in teaching from McGill University (2008).